McAfee has said that it plans to lay off “a small percentage” of its 7,100 staff.
However, the news agency claimed the decision could be as a result of the current economic crisis, which has seen the PC software industry suffer.
It also pointed out that it could slump further as a result of Microsoft’s Windows 8, which will come with pre-installed antivirus software when it comes into fruition later this month.
However, the predictions contradict a recent report by Gartner which said last month that IT security was set to remain a priority for companies through to 2016, despite cuts in budgets and the current economic crisis.
According to the analyst house, worldwide spending on security was expected to rise to $60 billion in 2012, up 8.4 percent from $55 billion in 2011. Gartner expected this rise to continue, reaching $86 billion in 2016.
Intel bought McAfee in February 2011 for $7.7 billion. At the time the company had 7,072 employees.